Spent some time this week with The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, the newest book from Jenni Catron. A leader who loves “putting feet to vision,” she has served on the executive leadership teams of Menlo Church in Menlo Park, CA and Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. Prior to ministry leadership, she worked as Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry.
Whether you’re working to become a better leader or raise up more and better leaders, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership is a book you’re going to want to spend some time with. In fact, it really is the kind of book you’re going to want to savor. As I’ve learned to do, the first thing I did when I open was take a look at the table of contents and then give the book a quick skim, stopping here and there to get a feel for the contents. Let me tell you, I came across a couple things that told me this was a book worth a careful read over many sessions.
The point of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership is a journey “to unpack the four areas every leader must develop in order to lead extraordinarily.” The four areas are:
- Lead with all your heart (relational leadership)
- Lead with all your soul (spiritual leadership)
- Lead with all your mind (managerial leadership)
- Lead with all your strength (visionary leadership)
After a strong introduction laying the groundwork, Part Two of the book takes the reader through the four areas in a way that is both packed with deep insights and full of valuable takeaways. My copy is very marked up, underlined, starred, and dog-eared as page after page revealed another memorable insight or quote.
The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership is also very practical. Every chapter concludes with a thoughtful set of questions for reflection. I can definitely see using this book as required reading for our leadership development efforts.
I am naturally a little bit of a sucker for assessments, so when I noticed the book included one I looked forward to evaluating it for use with my team. After the first couple of questions I realized this assessment was written for me!
Part Three is all about putting extraordinary into practice. It’s one thing to learn about the four dimensions. It’s another thing entirely to “consistently live the life of an extraordinary leader.” This last section takes the reader quickly through a wise set of practices that will both help you put extraordinary into practice and help your team do it as well.
If you want to become an extraordinary leader and develop extraordinary leaders, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership is an essential read. Please don’t miss it! I loved this book and I know you will too.
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